North Lakes Sports Club to Practice Converting Food Scraps into Compost

The newly-opened North Lakes Sports Club, the first licensed club in the suburb, will join the other members of Clubs Queensland in implementing Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO), a pilot project of the Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EPH). Different city councils, not just in Queensland, but across Australia have already started implementing the FOGO initiative.


How does FOGO work?

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Environment Minister of Queensland Dr. Steven Miles stated that more than $300,000 will be provided to Clubs Queensland to begin with the project. Along with other clubs, North Lakes Sports Club will be segregating the food scraps that will be neatly placed in specially-designed containers.

The food scraps will be collected by JJ Richards, one of the largest waste management companies in Australia. The waste will be taken to a composting company, where they’ll convert the food scraps into organic compost and soil conditioner.

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The converted waste will be delivered back to the clubs for their own use or will be provided to other local organisations. North Lakes Sports Club will be dedicating the organic compost to be primarily used at their three sports fields, which have been acquired on lease for the past three months.

FOGO project will be beneficial to both the environment and waste management. Continuous conversion of organic food scraps into compost will lead to the reduction of landfill.


Compost Gardening is the new trend in North Lakes.

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Organic gardening is becoming popular in the North Lakes-Mango Hill area. Several neighbourhood have been converting their organic waste into compost that they use on their backyard gardens. Resident farmer Jody Wall has been growing organic produce for almost five years.

“There are no chemicals at all. As a small farmer I can make a good living doing things the way it was done before chemicals came on board. It is a travesty we have to have labels on organically-grown food when it is just grown naturally,” Mr. Wall said.

Mr. Wall is a member of Brisbane Organic Growers, a group that promotes organic gardening without using chemicals, hormones, or artificial herbicides and pesticides.

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Using organic compost is recommended versus using chemical-based fertilizers due to its ability to prevent soil erosion and to eliminate toxins. Compost gardening can help in regenerating the soil through humus, the product of decomposing organic matter that is proven to be full of nutrients and minerals. Rich organic nutrients present in the compost will also help create healthier plants.

Another member of the group, gardening guru Phil Ryan, conducts workshops at libraries in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area. Due to the ideal weather in North Lakes all year round, Mr. Ryan said that North Lakes is a good area for growing plants and encouraged residents to make a good soil compost, especially from vegetable scraps.

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“People need to learn how to grow their own soil and make good compost … I put it all in a cement mixer for 20 minutes and out comes the best and richest soil you could ever get your hands into,” Mr. Ryan said.